ROXBURY, NJ – When police searched the Port Morris home of a man accused earlier this month of detonating a homemade bomb in Sussex County they discovered a hallucinogenic mushroom growing operation protected by cameras and filled with strategically placed weapons, according to court records.
Details of the findings are included in a Feb. 7 affidavit filed by Roxbury Police Detective Tom Gaboda. They are related to the search of Christopher Faschan’s home on Center Street, a probe that took place in connection with the Feb. 4 arrest of the 30-year-old on charges related to threatening a woman with a bomb that he subsequently exploded.
The search indicated the residence was being used by Faschan to grow hallucinogenic mushrooms, Gaboda said in the affidavit. He said “psilocybe mushrooms … were located in the living room area of the residence in a converted fish tank,” noting that “each plant was in a mason jar under a homemade growing lamp.”
Detectives found “multiple composition notebooks” in the home “which contained handwritten notes on how to grow and or manufacture” the psychedelic mushrooms.
“The residence maintained a surveillance system,” said Gaboda in his statement. But cameras were not Faschan’s only means of warding off outsiders, according to the detective. He said police found “accessible” weapons scattered throughout the house.
In the affidavit, Gaboda told Roxbury Municipal Court Judge Ira Cohen that police came across a slew of weapons, explosives and other illegal items in the house including:
- A grenade launcher
- Thirteen M-Class pyrotechnic devices (fireworks such as M-80s or M-100s)
- Four pyrotechnic shot shells modified to fit the grenade launcher
- One improvised explosive device (IED) with “BB fragmentation”
- One IED with “several cans of lighter fluid attached”
- A TASER stun gun
- A 12-gauge shotgun
- A .22-caliber handgun
- A .22-caliber rifle
- Additional handguns with hollow-point bullets and extended magazines
- Body armor
- Dimethyltryptamine, (DMT) a powerful hallucinogen
- 71 grams of psilocybe mushrooms
“Faschan did not possess a valid New Jersey firearms identification card to legally own or possess firearms,” Gaboda noted in the statement. He said the home was clearly being used as for magic mushroom production.
“Based on my training and experience, the method, layout and system employed by the suspect in the growing of the mushrooms is consistent with an individual maintaining a manufacturing facility for the distribution of psilocybe mushrooms,” wrote Gaboda.
The search of the Port Morris house resulted in many charges being filed against Faschan, who is being held in the Sussex County jail.
One alleges he “did fortify or maintain in a fortified condition a structure” to make and distribute the illegal mushrooms “specifically by utilizing surveillance systems and maintaining weapons easily accessible in various rooms.”
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